Cigar News: Crowned Heads and Drew Estate team up again for the annual Paniolo Especiale

Crowned Heads announced today that the company has once again joined forces with Drew Estate to produce the annual Crowned Heads Hawaii State exclusive, “Paniolo Especiale 2019”.

The Paniolo Especiale 2019 will be a 5.5 x 48 parejo vitola and will retail for $9.80/cigar. There will be a total of 5,000 cigars manufactured and will come packaged in 12-count packs.

The blend is described by Crowned Heads as:

  • Wrapper – Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Binder – Mexican San Andres
  • Filler – Dominican Republic and Nicaragua

The Paniolo Especiale 2019 is manufactured at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Esteli, Nicaragua.

Paniolo Especiale 2019
Paniolo Especiale 2019

In today’s press release, Jon Huber, Crowned Heads co-owner/founder, commented:

“We’re extremely excited for this years Paniolo Especiale as it will mark the first time we’ve utilized a Connecticut (Broadleaf) wrapper on this annual Hawaii-Exclusive release since the inaugural edition back in 2015.

In so far as the Paniolo marca is concerned, I feel as though the 2015 OR has held up as the ‘grail’ blend, and both R. Field Wine and Crowned Heads really wanted to bring the Broadleaf back.

While the blend is entirely different than the 2015, I sincerely feel that smokers will find that this years rendition stacks up very nicely against the 2015. This is an exceptional smoke”

If you are in Hawaii in early February, you can get in on the debut of the Paniolo Especiale 2019 as R. Field Wine will be hosting an exclusive dinner at the Prince Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu February 8th from 6:00 to 9:30PM. If you wish to attend, seating is limited and tickets can be purchased at or by calling (808) 596-9463.


Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that attracting new and traditional cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Herrera Estelí Norteño, Isla del Sol, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Larutan by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars, Tabak Especial, Undercrown, Florida Sun Grown, and Java by Drew Estate.

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